Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has been rattled to its core. Some countries have suffered less, while others have been hurt quite badly. Italy has suffered the most, while Spain is currently on second, with China (the originator of the virus on third). Other nations across the globe have been trying their best to keep a check on this problem
Some prominent people like former Spanish Football coach Francisco Garcia and ex-Real Madrid President Lorenzo Sanz have already passed away. The death toll in Spain has jumped to 5690, while that in Italy jumped to 9134 on Saturday. The number of infected people was said to be more than 104,000, as per the recent reports.
Prominent British politicians like Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have already tested positive for the Covid-19. Due to this, things are getting out of hand and the world wants to know, where we stand in terms of developing a vaccine.
On average it takes about eighteen months to develop a vaccine. With that being said, the countries across the globe and the World Health Organization (WHO) are looking to find a solution to this problem. No matter how fast their efforts are, the vaccine will take time to be ready for market-sales.
China recently raised the hopes for a possible cure, as one of their teams had begun its first clinical trial of a Coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine reportedly developed by a team led by senior bioengineer Chen Wei seems to be the path forward. There were reports of human trials being done after images showcasing the same had emerged.
Further, it was also reported recently that researchers in IIT Guwahati were trying their best to find a vaccine as well. A team of experts was carrying out tests in search of an answer, though the process has been rather gradual.
A recent update suggested that human trials would begin immediately. Despite that, there are still quite a lot of barriers to bringing the vaccine to the market. Already, the virus has spread like wild-fire, with people failing to take precautions to self-isolate and avoid contact. There are not enough facilities for all of them to be treated at the same time and the death toll has risen to three percent.
The report further adds that around 35 companies and academic institutions are in the race to develop this vaccine. Also, at least four of them already have candidates ready for testing. They have so far been testing in animals and are awaiting results. A Boston-based biotech firm Moderna, one of the companies, will be entering human trials imminently.
Keeping that in mind, the urgency to create a vaccine, test it and eventually distribute it to the common people is the priority. While fake rumors of a cure being found have been circulating the tabloids, US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks have added fuel to the fire.
The fact of the matter is that it takes time for a vaccine to be developed and the WHO, along with various other bodies is working hard to find one. Meanwhile, the countries are under lockdown and it is up to the citizens of each country to control the spread of the virus.
- A vaccine takes 18 months to be developed, tested and eventually distributed into the market.
- 35 companies and academic institutions are working on the same.
- Moderna will be entering human trials soon.
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